Will Peterson rejoin Vikings? Team is following NFL’s lead

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings are waiting for the NFL to act on Adrian Peterson’s case.

Until then, the star running back remains away from the team on paid leave.

Coach Mike Zimmer declined to speculate Monday about whether Peterson would immediately rejoin the team if he’s reinstated by the league. Peterson is on a special commissioner’s exempt list, stemming from his September indictment on felony child abuse. Peterson pleaded no contest last week to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault.

The NFL said Thursday it will offer Peterson a hearing as part of a review under the personal conduct policy. The Vikings said they ”respect and understand the league’s process.”

The Vikings started 2-5 but have won two straight behind the improving play of rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to give the team a glimmer of playoff hope. After a bye this past week, they visit the free-falling Chicago Bears on Sunday.